- Trip Outline
- Tour Map
Thrown across the farthest reaches of India, obscured from the greater world by ageless forests and formidable mountain ranges, the Northeast States are one of Asia’s last great natural and anthropological sanctuaries. Sharing borders with Bhutan, Tibet, Myanmar (Burma) and Bangladesh, these remote frontiers are a region of rugged beauty, and a collision zone of tribal cultures, climates, landscapes and peoples. This road trip will give you a complete understanding of the Northeast but is only meant for people with a taste for raw adventure. It is impossible to describe the nuances that make this area unique, challenging and interesting. Get to any one place and the result will be that you will return for more.
Arrival in GuwahatiWelcome at the airport and transfer to the hotel. Night in hotel.
Guwahati - Nameri NPRoad to Nameri National Park. If early arrival, you can enjoy a nature walk in the afternoon. Night in hotel or resort.
Nameri NP - DirangAfter breakfast, we go to Dirang. In Bhalukpong, which is the border between Assam and Arunachal Pradesh, we will ask permission to enter Arunachal. En route, stop at Tipi to visit a greenhouse of orchids with more than 7,500 flowers. We will also stop in the temple of Nag Mandir in Dedza. Visit the village inhabited by the ethnic Rupa of Shertukpen. Lunch at Bomdila and will continue to Dirang. Night in hotel.
Dirang - TawangAfter breakfast, visit the hot springs of Dirang and then drive to Tawang, the birthplace of Mahayana Buddhism. To reach Tawang, pass through the mountain pass Sela, at 4 170 m. Night in hotel. A scenic drive through the serpentine roads along the river Kameng with beautiful landscapes. Dirang, the sub- divisional headquarter of West Kameng district is situated between Bomdila and Tawang. This town is situated in the valley of river Kameng. Inhabited by the Monpa tribe.
TawangWalk for 30 minutes from the market in Tawang town and enter the Tawang monastery compound. Founded in AD 1680, Tawang Monastery is the largest Tibetan Buddhist monastery in India. Situated at an elevation of 3300 meters, the mesmerizing Buddhist citadel comprises 65 residential buildings which are home to 450 lamas. A centre for Buddhist cultural studies and a library with an invaluable collection of 400-year-old manuscripts are also found inside the compound. Also pay a visit to the museum and butter lamp house. Visit a craft center and emporium and shop for authentic woven goods and garments. Drive to the outskirts of Tawang town and visit Urgelling Monastery which was built around AD 1487. Almost two centuries later Tsangyang Gyatso, H.H. the 6th Dalai Lama, was born here in 1683. Pilgrims can burn incense and perform a candle lighting ceremony in which conical terracotta lamps are used. Next visit Khinmey Gompa which will impress with its kaleidoscope of glorious colors. Drive back to Tawang town for lunch. Visit the Ani Gompas or nunneries of Tawang are steeped in the same time-honoured Tibetan Buddhist traditions as their larger all-male counterparts. Night in hotel/homestay. Option: Explore villages around Tawang by walk (2/3 days)
Tawang - BomdilaAfter breakfast, we go to Bomdila. En route we pass Nuranang Falls, the memorial of Jaswant Garh (in memory of the Indochina war) and the Dirang Ta Dzong (Tibetan old prison). Night in hotel.
Bomdila - BaliparaRoad to Balipara where we arrive for lunch. In the afternoon, visit a tea garden & factory to see how tea is processed. Night in resort.
Balipara - Kaziranga NPRoad to Kaziranga National Park. After lunch, you can enjoy a jeep safari in the park. Night in hotel or resort. Kaziranga NP is a World Heritage Site, home to more than 75% of the world’s total population of the Great Indian One Horned Rhinoceros. It is on the southern bank of the Brahmaputra River. Besides Rhino, the Asiatic Water Buffalo numbering over 1200, elephants over 1000, tigers more than 120, Swamp deer, Barking deer and Hog deer can be seen. About 400 species of birds are also found: Swamp Francolin, Kalij Pheasant, Grey lag Goose, Gadwall, Eurasian Wigeon, Mallard, Northern Shoveller, Northern Pintail, Streak Throated Woodpecker, Bay Woodpecker, Oriental Pied Hornbill, Great Hornbill, Osprey, Palas’s Fish Eagle, Changeable Hawk Eagle, Pied Falconets, Lesser Adjutant Stork, Greater Adjutant Stork, Black necked Stork, Grey-headed Lapwing, Indian White Backed Vulture, Long Billed Vulture, along with a large number of Spotted Billed Pelican.
Kaziranga NP - MokokchungDrive to Mokokchung, home to Ao Nagas via Mariani. Night in hotel. Mokokchung – this picturesque town is the cultural and administrative centre of the Ao Nagas. The prowess of the Ao warriors is reflected in gorgeous red and black shawls with the white decorated band that signified their victory over their enemies. Visit Aliba village to see the largest log drum. Their valour is reflected in the gorgeous hand- woven woollen shawls. It is situated at an altitude of 1325 mts. above sea level. Visit Mopungchukit village and its Museum. Visit Longkhum ,an important village with interesting handicraft centre. “Spring Villa” – a museum is another add on to the trip where one can absorb the art and culture of the Aos.
Mokokchung - KohimaAfter breakfast, we will proceed to Kohima. Enroute, you can visit Wokha, the Lotha and Angami tribe belt and Tuophema Tourist Village. Evening free at leisure. Night in Hotel. Perched at 1450 m above sea level, Kohima, famous for turning back the Japanese invasion during World War II, is the capital of Nagaland and a cosmopolitan town of the different tribes
Kohima - ImphalAfter breakfast drive to Imphal through Kigwema, Jakhama, Viswema-Khuzama-Mao villages. You will be amazed by the spectacular landscapes in a New World. Arrive Imphal and check into your hotel for overnight stay. The people and tribes of Manipur include Meities, Naga and Kuki-Chin-Mizo groups and other colorful communities, which have lived n complete harmony for centuries. These are the propel whose folklore, myths and legends, dances, indigenous games and martial arts, exotic handlooms and handicrafts, are invested with the mystique of nature and an indefatigable “joie de vivre”. Andro Village is famed for its fireplace which is never allowed to get extinguish) 27 km towards east of Imphal is the ancient Scheduled Caste village of Andro, there is one Cultural Complex established by the Mutua Museum, Imphal. It consists of potteries of the North Eastern Region of India. There is a 'Doll-House' where dolls of 29 recognised tribes of Manipur (both male and female) are in display.
Imphal - Loktak - ImphalIn the morning , depart for Moirang. It was here that the flag of the Indian National Army was first unfurled on April 14th,1944. Visit the INA Museum, Loktak lake and Sendra Island, visit centre of Meitei folk culture. Later continue to Keibul Lamjao National Park which is the only floating National Park in the world on the Loktak Lake. Overnight in Imphal Loktal is a saucer shaped fresh water lake that attracts many species of birds. Part of it forms a rare ecosystem. This huge and beautiful stretch of water is like a miniature inland sea. From the tourist Home, set atop Sendra Island, visitors can get a bird’s eye view of the lake and the life on it: the fisherman and their families who live in neat huts on its shores.
Imphal - AizawlMorning visit War Cemeteries, commemorating the memories of British and Indian soldiers who died during the Second World War, these cemeteries are managed by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Serene and well maintained, the graves carry little stone markers and bronze plaques recording the sacrifice of those gallant soldiers. Early afternoon, transfer to the airport to board the flight for Aizawl. On arrival, transfer to the hotel for check-in. Night in hotel.
AizawlWhole day sightseeing including State Museum, Handlooms and Handicrafts centre and traditional Mizo tribal village around Aizawl. Night in hotel.
Aizawl - KailashaharDrive to Kailashahar. In the afternoon, visit of Unakoti beautiful sculptures. Night in basic hotel.
Kailashahar - AgartalaAfter breakfast, road to Agartala, state capital of Tripura. Free afternoon. Night in hotel.
Agartala - Udaipur - AgartalaExcursion to Udaipur. On the way, we will visit the fantastic Neermahal Palace which is situated in the middle of a lake. After lunch, we will visit the Reange Villages for a cultural show and to see the tribal people. Overnight in hotel. Udaipur is a small town of Tripura and famously known as lake city of Tripura. Famous Mata Bari Temple is located here where they conduct animal sacrifices to please the goddess. It was the old capital of Tripura.
Departure from AgartalaTransfer to the Agartala airport and flight to Guwahati. End of our services.
- A comprehensive tour of the Northeast
- A kaleidoscope of tribes, fauna and flora
- A unique adventure